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Thursday, January 14 • 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Live Virtual Lesson Studies: Connecting Teachers and Classrooms for Enhanced Professional Learning

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The virtual lesson study model is an innovative way to connect teachers to engage in the processes of planning, teaching, and assessing lessons. Teachers meet via Zoom to develop and plan a lesson. Then one teacher teaches the lesson while other teachers and/or instructional coaches watch a live feed from the classroom. The participants then debrief and reflect on the lesson. This model can be used to enhance lessons, demonstrate new teaching methodologies, support new and/or pre-service teachers, or serve as a vehicle for instructional coaching.

The main goal of this session is to focus on the pedagogical aspects of the virtual lesson study model. We will consider what elements of planning are important and how to best involve a group of teachers from diverse locations. We will then explore how to maximize the experience of hosting and observing a live lesson with the use of group-generated focus questions. Finally, we will discuss how to create a protocol for assessing a lesson and how the process of self-reflection can enhance professional learning.

The second goal of this session is to highlight the technical components of this model so participants can implement it within their schools. We will explore how to use available technology with free Zoom Video Conferencing software to link to classrooms for professional learning. We will also explore how to scale this model up or down depending on the available technology. Finally, we will review how to secure the appropriate permissions to include students in a live video feed from their classroom.

Virtual lesson study is an amazingly simple solution to the complex logistical problem of connecting teachers and classrooms. Teachers no longer have to travel to schools, requiring substitutes and other logistical plans. Teachers are also not limited geographically and can connect with teachers and classrooms from around the world. 

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Mike Flynn

Director, Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College, Mount Holyoke College
Mike Flynn is the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College, where he runs the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program and leads a wide variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers, teacher-leaders, coaches, administrators, and staff-developers... Read More →

Thursday January 14, 2016 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST

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